Having a juvenile record may affect your life even once you have completed your juvenile probation. It may make it more difficult for you to get a job or to go to the college of your choice. Sealing your juvenile records can help you move on with your life.
The Law Office of Veronica R. Guzman will assist you in getting your juvenile records sealed. The process for getting your records sealed can be started:
When you reach the age of 18, or
Five years after the juvenile court has terminated jurisdiction over your case.
This means that we can ask that your records be sealed. It is up to a judge to decide whether or not to seal your records. The law requires that since the termination of jurisdiction you have not been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor involving moral turpitude and that you have been rehabilitated to the satisfaction of the court.
Juvenile records that can be sealed include records of arrest and records relating to your case that are in the custody of the juvenile court and certain other agencies. Once your records are sealed, you can legally say that you were not adjudicated or even arrested for the matters that are sealed.
In a subsequent prosecution, a court cannot take into consideration information contained in records which have been sealed for the purpose of determining whether adjudications of commission of crimes as a juvenile warrant a finding that there are factors to deny probation in connection with the new offense.
If you are required to register for certain sex offenses listed in Penal Code section 290, the court must also provide in the order that the person is relieved from the registration requirement and for the destruction of all registration information in the custody of the Department of Justice and other agencies and officials.
Not all records may be sealed. Records of certain serious offenses cannot be sealed. Also, the sealing of records does not apply to Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) records regarding specified offenses by the California Vehicle Code.
Call us today to learn more about sealing a juvenile record.